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Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, Sean Hannity support Moore

Roy Moore is surrounded by supporters and media after leaving the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday October 27, 2016 as the lottery is held to pick the judges who will hear his appeal.

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, announced his endorsement of Roy Moore for U.S. Senate. This followed Wednesday’s announcement by conservative talk radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity that he also was supporting  Moore.

Jordan said in a statement, “Roy Moore will be a much-needed conservative voice in the Senate.  I know the voters of Alabama can count on him to adhere to the Constitution and always stand for the values and principles that made this nation great, and I am proud to give him my endorsement and support!”

Moore thanked Jordan for the support, “I am honored to have the endorsement of Congressman Jordan. As a leader of the conservative movement in the House, he had the vision to help found the House Freedom Caucus. I look forward to working with him and the other members of the Freedom Caucus to bring real change to Washington.”

Jordan represents Ohio’s 4th Congressional District. In 2009, Jordan introduced the only balanced budget alternative to President Barack Obama’s budget. In the 112th Congress, Jordan served as chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of conservatives. In the 114th Congress, Jordan helped found the House Freedom Caucus with U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, and served as its first chairman.

Wednesday, Fox News host Sean Hannity joined a growing number of conservative-thought leaders when he announced that he is also going to support former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Moore in his bid for U.S. Senate over Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

On his nationally syndicated radio program, Hannity said, “You know, it’s interesting — I’m watching this race go on with Luther whatever his name is down in Alabama, and I had supported Mo Brooks,” Hannity said. “You know — it’s funny — there was an article. Did you see the article saying, ‘Hannity only supports losers?’ Meanwhile, did anyone remember I predicted Trump would win? Here’s what I do — I definitely go for the biggest underdog possible sometimes to make a point. I think I’m going to do that in Alabama because I think Judge Moore is not going to be somebody who is going to bend to Mitch McConnell and the leadership. I really don’t. ‘Well, do you ever disagree with Trump?’ Yeah, I supported Mo Brooks. There, I have a disagreement.”

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Moore responded on social media, “Big thanks to the one and only Sean Hannity for his kind words of support during his radio show earlier today!”

Sean Hannity hosts “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel (weekdays, 9 – 10 p.m.) and “The Sean Hannity Show,” the second most listened to radio talk show in America.

Sean Hannity joined the New York-based Fox News network in 1996, but he previously worked in talk radio in Huntsville, Alabama. “The Sean Hannity Show” is syndicated to more than 500 stations and heard in all of the top 50 markets. Hannity has written three New York Times bestsellers: “Let Freedom Ring: Winning the War of Liberty over Liberalism,” “Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism” and “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda.”

While Moore is rapidly becoming the consensus choice for conservative-thought leaders, Strange has become more and more reliant on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and special interest money from Washington to try to keep his campaign afloat. McConnell and Strange will be co-hosting another big Washington fundraiser this week. Strange, who has an enormous lead in fundraising, has been using those dollars to fund attack ads against Moore.

Strange and Moore are facing off in a primary on September 26 in a runoff election for the Republican nod, and the winner will face former Clinton-era U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the special election on Dec. 12.


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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